Discussion posted by: JohnF44
“Death to liars” is among the chants calling for the removal of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Islamic Republic has witnessed many protest movements over the years, most recently in mid-November over petrol price rises. Security forces brutally killed hundreds of people and detained thousands more. These movements have become more radical, more frequent and have spread across Iran. The latest demonstrations, however, are different as they’re aimed directly at the regime as a whole and the supreme leader personally. This time, those joining the struggle are the middle classes, students and women. There is no real freedom of expression or freedom of association, and many activists, environmentalists, human rights lawyers, and journalists are in prison.